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president obama is also marking today's somber anniversary. he will attend a memorial ceremony this morning at the pentagon where nearly 200 people perished. on saturday at new york's stf. patrick's cathedral they honored those killed in 2001 and in pennsylvania they remembered the 40 people killed in the crash of flight 93 whose passengers wrestled control of the plane away from the hijackers. let's go to the 9/11 memorial plaza in new york. you were there covering events that day going into the night. what is the mood like there now these years later? i'm sure it's a moment of reflection for you too. >> it is. i have to tell you, it's overcast today unlike it was 15 years ago. it was a beautiful bright sunny day when suddenly everything went dark and ash reigned down
from the sky and people ran for their lives. it was a dark day down here at ground zero but as you look behind me and you can see one world trade center. 102 stories rising up out of the ground. it's a magnificent reminder to all the thousands of people that lost their lives. i have to tell you this also. down here you can't see it but right across from where the towers fell, there are buildings here, apartment buildings that were constructed after 9/11. all of this area is a significant symbol of rebirth and renewal and many say to me it's that the terrorists did not win. a woman with her two children were down here and she said i want to tell you that new yorkers are not afraid and americans are not afraid and the ceremony is a time to honor those that were killed and also celebrate the excitement and the renewal that's happening in this area now.
it's a very lively and bustling place 7 days of the week and that's, i think a real significant memory to all of those that lost their lives. >> can you talk about quickly what we can expect today there where you are? >> the ceremony will happen today. there will be amid heavy security there will be several moments of silence and ringing of bells to come medical rate each moment that a significant event happened. the planes going into the twin towers when they fell. the plane going into the pentagon and then the mane crashing into the field near shanksville pennsylvania. >> we'll bring you the moment of silence as soon as it begins about ten minutes from now. 15 years later memories of the terrible day at the pentagon and the twin towers from people that were there coming up. and a look at how the attacks
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for whatever you are trying to master. >> you're looking at live pictures of memorial plaza where a ceremony is about to begin 15 years after the terror attacks that changed america. you can see there the freedom towers and trump is there. de blasio. a pause today for the presidential candidates. hallie jackson is just a couple of blocks away from the white house. let's talk about how the candidates are marking 9/11. >> they're both at the ceremony and there now. we've seen hillary clinton greeting folks and donald trump this with new jersey governor chris christie as well. no campaign events for either today. perhaps appropriately as you said pressing pause on this campaign and trying to remember the day marking the 15th anniversary of september 11th:
donald trump saying it's a day of sadness and remembrance but resolve: both remember had ties to new york. were in new york when september 11th happened 15 years ago. donald trump not involved in politics and was focused on business at the time. hillary clinton that year had been sworn in as the junior senator from new york state. both reflecting now on what 9/11 meant to them as they attend the ceremony that's set to begin shortly here. >> thank you. let's continue to look at these live pictures of memorial plaza in new york city. >> ceremonies and a moment of silence are expected to begin shortly. more when we return. les per hou. to win, every millisecond matters. both on the track and thousands of miles away.
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>> good morning. my dad vincent worked in the north tower. remembering back to the horrible day 15 years agatha changed my life. my brothers were 8, 7, and 5. >> we have been watching memorial plaza in lower manhattan where the ceremony is taking place to mark 15 years after the terror attacks that changed america. for perspective on that day,
let's bring in squjim and malco nance. nbc terrorism analyst. you were at the pentagon on 9/11 so this is a moment for you personally as well. can you set the scene for us as well and talk about the agenda today. >> the weather here is exactly like it was on 9/11 some 15 years ago and today for some reason has a strange and impactful feeling. here at the white house the flags are at half staff: the president and first family were going to observe a moment of silence inside the white house privately before the president gets in his motorcade and heads to the pentagon where he will be preside over the ceremony there at the pentagon for the 125
people and 64 aboard the american airlines flight that slammed into the ptagon at 8:47, 15 years ago. i can tell you even today it still seems so surreal. >> you were also there on september 11th. what were your memories? what are your medical mories? >> i was outside of the pentagon and i saw the airplane fly into the building and i acted instinctively and got to the crash site and started helping mobilize. all the people coming out. they were in shock but i do have one recollection that i think all of america needs to hear. >> let's talk about it. >> there was a young at that time army lieutenant colonel that was running the only triage
at the crash site. a young colonel named lieutenant patricia who took years to track her down after i had been to afghanistan and overseas and she was an army nurse and everyone was running around. peel didn't know what happened. i knew what happened. i knew it was a terrorist attack and alabama gthey were using ais cruise missiles. i said i'm a senior chief. what do you need? . she said get these people mobilized and we got 200 or 300 people working together and running back to the pentagon herself. she ended her career as a retired lieutenant general but she's my personal hero and i saw every american come to the pentagon and there was one america, one tale, one fight and that's what it was like.
>> and that's what we want to remember. thank you for telling us that. in your assessment how has the terrorism threat to the u. s. changed since that moment? since 2001? >> earlier today malcolm nance did a very good job of talking about how there's been an evolution in this extreme terrorism we have been seeing from al qaeda morph into a faster stronger variant of what happened back then. it's odd to say this but they had principles in it's targets. it saw itself and was trying to look legitment in the eyes of a certain public out there in challenging the united states and other western european nations in their capitals with high tro fireworks targs. isis has gone into the gutter and willing to take on lone wolves and take on shopping
malls and go into the places that that form of terrorism that hit us on 9/11 wouldn't go today so while that terror threat evolved in a lot of new directions malcolm did a good job of saying the united states has done a good job of preparing itself and largely buffering itself from the worst end of that evolution of terror threat. >> in yourinion, what were the biggest lessons to come out of 9/11? >> we had to really take it in the chin to understand first we were defeated on that day. all defensive systems. all law enforcement and intelligence systems of the united states failed and until you recognize that we couldn't go forward but there's strategic
geo political mistakes. the invasion of iraq unleashed a completely different world. >> thank you. we'll be here all day. thank you for talking with with us this morning. thank you so much for watching. we now bring you an msnbc living history event coverage from nbc's today show. the day of the attacks as it unfolded minute by minute 15 years ago today. here now the msnbc special, as it happened. >> and my dad michael g. jacobs whose grand children, mia, gretchen -- >> we have a breaking news story to tell you about. apparently a planet